Cyclone Ianos: Two dead as ‘medicane’ sweeps across Greece

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Two people have been confirmed dead and another is missing as a strong Mediterranean hurricane or a “medicane,” named Ianos, swept across Greece. Medicanes are tropical-like cyclones, and have only been categorized by meteorologists in the past 40 years.

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